Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

November 15 - December 31
By Stuart Ross
Vocal and musical arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg, and David Snyder
Musical Continuity and Supervision By David Snyder
Original Direction and Musical Staging by Stuart Ross

Produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre, International.






Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners

Forever Plaid:
Plaid Tidings

Archive Photographs



A Note from the Director…

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Round Barn Theatre and our special holiday musical treat Plaid Tidings. Our play is the continuing story of four humble, fresh-faced guys named Sparky, Jinx, Frankie and Smudge who met in high school when they joined the audiovisual club in 1956. They discovered that they shared an affection for music and entertaining. So, they started getting together in the basement of Smudge's family's plumbing supply company to rehearse and dream about becoming like their idols; The Four Aces, The Four Lads, The Hi-Los and The Crew Cuts. It was here that they became the harmony group "Forever Plaid."

When most of us think of the 1950’s, we think of Rock n’ Roll, greasers, hot rods, Elvis, Annette, Fabian, D.A. haircuts and teenage rebellion. But there was a “flipside” to this era – the side of harmony, innocence and the sincerity of dreams.  It was a time when most parents and kids listened and danced to the same music; when families partook of the ritual of gathering in front of the TV to watch their favorite variety shows like Ed Sullivan or the Perry Como Show.

As fate would have it, the Plaids were killed in a car crash on their way to their first major gig. But miraculously, through the powers of harmony and the expanding holes in the Ozone Layer, they are allowed to come back to perform the show they never got to do in life. The boys take the stage, tentatively at first, then with growing confidence as they realize that they truly did have something special. Blending perfectly, they hit the last chord and disappear.

Now, just in time for the holidays, the Plaids find themselves back on Earth again! Let's all discover together through the magic of harmonized seasonal favorites, why they've come to the Round Barn Theatre and what their true purpose is. Enjoy!

Darren Server


Plaid Tidings Cast



David Ryan


Matt Casey


Sean Widener


Timothy Joyce

Plaid Tidings Musicians



Catherine Hammer


Jeremy Springer


Plaid Tidings Staff


Executive Producer

Richard Pletcher

Managing Artistic Director

Laurie Schotz

Director / Music Director / Choreographer

Darren Server

Production Stage Manager

Phillip B. Richard II

Technical Director

Alvin Yoder


Corey McIntyre


Monica Gauer

Set Designer

Richard Pletcher

Costume Designer

Laurie Schotz

Lighting Designer

Phillip B. Richard II

Properties Master

Jeremy Springer

Vocal Captain

Michael Misko

Box Office Manager

Jennifer Scheffer


Musical Numbers


Amour / Alleluia

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Besame Mucho

Jamaica Farewell

Carol of the Bells

Jingle Bells

The Christmas Song

Joy to the World

Christmas Talk

Kingston Market

Cool Yule

Kiss of Firs


Let It Snow

Deus Ex Plaid

Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem

The Dreidel Song

Mambo Italiano



Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Mele Kalikimaka

Hey, There

Merry Christmas

Holiday for Strings

A Mixmaster Christmas

Mr. Santa

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Sha-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream)

Stranger in Paradise

'Twuz Tha Nite B4 X-Mas

We Wish You a Perry Christmas

Home For The Holidays

Moments to Remember



Plaid Tidings Cast Bios

Amish Acres Matt Casey (Sparky) is so excited to be finishing out the season here at the Round Barn Theatre. Matt is from Cascade IA, and has recently earned a BFA in Musical Theater from Rockford College in Rockford, IL.  Matt could have been seen earlier this year in the RBT productions of Plain & Fancy, 42nd Street, and Annie Get Your Gun.  Some of his other favorite credits include Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Leo Frank in Parade, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Munkustrap in CATS. Matt would like to thank his family and friends for their continual support, and would like to thank YOU for coming! Enjoy the show!

Amish Acres Catherine Hammer (Piano) is from Leavenworth, Kansas. She is returning to the Round Barn Theatre for a second Christmas season; Last Christmas she performed the role of Victoria in CATS. Some other favorite roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Miss Dorothy in Throughly Modern Millie, Shelby in Spitfire Grill, and Good Luck Bear on the Care Bears Live! National Tour. Special thanks to my family for their love and support. Romans 8:38-39



Amish AcresTim Joyce (Smudge) is a native of Rochester, NY but now calls NYC home. He has performed across the country in Virginia, Montana, New York, Indiana, Nebraska, and most recently Alaska. Favorite shows include Into the Woods, Seussical, Kiss Me Kate, Smokey Joe’s Café, Pirates of Penzance, and Peter Pan. Love to LLC.





Amish AcresDavid Ryan (Frankie) Audience last saw David playing Peter Reber in Plain & Fancy or as Foster Wilson and Pawnee Bill in Annie Get Your Gun.  Originally from Buffalo, New York, David recieved his B.F.A. In Theater Performance from Niagara University.  David has worked professionally at Warehouse Theatre, Thin Air Theatre Company, Playhouse in the Square, and the Arkansas Arts Center.  Favorite professional credits are: Rent (Mark), Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Altar Boyz (Matthew), Into the Woods (Rapunzel's Prince), Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), Midsummer Night's Dream (Lysander), I Love You Because (Austin), and The Seagull (Medvedenko).  David's next move is the big move to New York City and the beginning of a great adventure.  David would especially like to thank Laurie for all of his oppurtunites here in Nappanee.  Much love to friends, family, and DJ for the endless support!

Amish AcresJeremy Springer (Bass) now hails from Boston, but grew up just a few hours down the road in Findlay, OH.  He graduated last year with a degree in Theater Performance, and has been playing the upright bass since he was nine





Amish AcresSean Widener (Jinx) is excited to be spending the holidays with the Round Barn Theatre. He is a native of Dearborn, Michigan now residing in NYC and a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory. Past roles include The Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), Oklahoma (Will Parker), I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change (Man 1), and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Linus). Happy Holidays!

Plaid Tidings Staff Bios

Monica Gauer (Assistant Stage Manager / Wardrobe) is excited to join the Round Barn Theatre! She enjoyed watching performances here as a child, and now she can’t wait to bring the excitement to a new era of audiences. Monica graduated from the University of Southern Indiana, and has since worked in a variety of aspects of theatre. Thank you to her family and friends for all the support! Break-A-Leg to everyone!

 Corey McIntyre (Sound Designer/Assistant Stage Manager) has been involved with theater technology since age 12 and has been lucky enough to build a career steadily in the field of sound.  I’ve worked everywhere from churches to amusement parks with exposure to everything from bluegrass to rock and roll.  I would like to thank my family and friends for all the love and support they give.

Richard L. Pletcher (Producer), with his father LaVern, founded Amish Acres in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to the Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 25 consecutive years having surpassed 3,500 performances before audiences of over 350,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Mr. Stein’s urging Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced seventy two different main stage Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Eight of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags, and Carmelina, plus a Second Stage Production of Enter Laughing. As you might expect, he has said that The Round Barn Theatre is his favorite regional theatre with which he has been associated.

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ twenty year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletchers and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007. Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets to kids.

Philip B. Richard II (Production Stage Manager / Lighting Designer) is excited to be at The Round Barn Theatre for his first season. Philip grew up in Dallastown, PA and was an Entertainment Coordinator for 5 years at the Walt Disney World Resort and has previously worked for Austin Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater,Festival 56 in Princeton, IL, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His regional credits include the National Post Broadway premiere of Souvenir with Orlando Theatre Project and World Premiers of If You Give A Moose A Muffin, Stripes & Stars, and Wittenberg. Philip’s regional lighting credits include productions of The Pillowman, Stripes and Stars, Nosferatu, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose, Scrooge, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Philip is a member of the Equity Membership Candidate program and the Stage Manager Association. He would like to thank his family for their continued encourgment and you the audience for supporting the arts, without you theatre would not be possible. Happy Holidays and Enjoy the show!

Darren Server (Director / Music Director / Choreographer for Plaid Tidings) was born into a family of stooges; namely, “The Three Stooges.” His inspiration has always been his grandfather “Curly” Howard and his great-uncles, Moe and Shemp. Darren began singing, dancing and playing the piano at the age of ten and has never stopped. His love for Forever Plaid began in 1997 when he was cast as "Smudge" in the Honolulu premiere at the famous Don Ho Showroom in Waikiki. It ran 230 performances. He then went on to direct, musical direct and choreograph the show for American Classic Voyages Cruise Line. It was after a year of performing the role of “Oscar” in the Broadway national tour of 42nd Street that Darren decided it was time to move to New York City. Musical Directing and playing piano for NYU's Musical Theatre Conservatory was his first job in NYC. Since then, he has directed, musical directed, choreographed and performed in many shows all over the USA and Canada. Most recently, Darren musical directed and played the role of "Vic Schoen" in the Andrews Sisters musical, Sisters of Swing at Totem Pole Playhouse in PA and at Trinity Repertory Company in RI was associate conductor and pianist for Camelot.

Laurie Schotz (Managing Director/Costumes) is thrilled to be returning for a second season at Amish Acres. Before joining the Amish Acres staff in 2009 she was the Artistic Director for 10 years at Bearcreek Farms Resort in Bryant, IN. Prior to her time there, you could have seen her fall off a building at Old Tucson Studios, aboard a cruise as a production singer/dancer, or running her own entertainment company in Chicago, IL for 13 years. She would like to thank her brother Michael for teaching and guiding her through a difficult time but always keeping her laughing. He has taught her a goal is a dream with a deadline. Laurie hopes you enjoy your whole experience at Amish Acres and remember to “Embrace the Pace!”


Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings Theme Dinner and Wine Bar
December 3 & 10, 2010
It's a Plaid, Plaid, Plaid World'

Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest soley with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.


  • Chicken, Black Bean, and Barley Soup


  • Old Christmas Fancy Fruit Cake
  • Angel Wings


  • Iceberg Wedges with Blue Cheese Dressing


  • Woven Plaid Bread


  • Christmas Turkey
  • The Plaid's Porterhouse Steak


  • Sage Stuffing


  • Okra, Onion, and Parsnips (Just kidding!)
  • New Potatoes


  • Chocolate Smudge Pie
  • Francis' Holy Canolis
  • Ruth's Famous Crème Brule'


  • Holiday Egg Nog and Grog
  • Iced Tea
  • Lemonade
  • Coffees
  • Beer (extra charge)
  • Wine (extra charge)